Friday, May 27, 2011

No Booze for Okinawa Military Members this Holiday Weekend

Here's a JAG School instructor's dream scenario drawn from reality:  We often hear that the military can limit military members' freedoms that might otherwise be problematic in civilian life.  With Super Typhoon Songda scheduled to hit Okinawa this weekend, US military leaders have issued an order that does just that.  While Americans living stateside celebrate the start of summer with backyard barbeques and the requisite brewskies, servicemembers on Okinawa, even those on leave, are prohibited from partaking of alcohol for a specified period until the storm passes.  It's all about operational readiness, making this a legal order.